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Politics at Home: Textiles as American History

September 1, 2021 - November 14, 2021

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Featuring work from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection ranging from the 18th through the 21st centuries, this exhibition includes a range of domestic textiles that demonstrate how public discourses of American politics have always had a meaningful presence within the home. Through production, consumption, and conscious display of textiles, including quilts, pillowcases, furnishing fabric samples, handkerchiefs, and ornaments, objects in the home signal political beliefs and ideals. Join us in exploring participation and representation in American politics in the home through textiles.

Ruth Davis Design Gallery Hours
Monday-Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12–4 p.m.

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Ruth Davis Design Gallery
Room 1210, Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Center for Design and Material Culture
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